Wheatbelt council decides against selling controversial painting by convicted child sex offender Rolf Harris

When should the art be separated from the artist? This is the question a local government in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt grappled with this week when it voted against selling the painting it was gifted by convicted child sex offender Rolf Harris. key points: A Wheatbelt council has voted against selling a painting it was gifted … Read more

Climate Activists Glue Themselves to Goya Paintings in Madrid

Activists glued their hands to the frames of two world-famous paintings by Spanish artist Francisco Goya at the Prado Museum in Madrid, on Saturday, November 5, in protest against inaction on global climate change. Futuro Vegetal, a Spanish activist group that has a history of carrying out non-violent civil disobedience to call for government action … Read more

Protesters Arrested After Throwing Mashed Potatoes On $110 Million Monet Painting

In a move to bring attention to the urgency of climate change, two Germany protestors on Sunda threw mashed potatoes at a Claude Monet painting. The work, titled “Grainstacks,” had previously sold for over $110 million. The incident occurred at the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, the capital of the state of Brandenburg, about 20 miles … Read more

Protesters arrested after gluing themselves to Picasso painting at NGV in Melbourne

Protesters have been arrested after gluing themselves to a Picasso painting at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne’s CBD. Key points: The protesters were stuck to the Picasso painting for more than an hour Activist group Extinction Rebellion claims responsibility Footage shows people shouting and security guards gathering around the painting A spokesperson for … Read more

Copyright Act ‘unfairly’ impacting families of Indigenous artists as lawyers push for change

When Albert Namatjira’s family regained the rights to the world-renowned watercolourist’s artwork in 2017, it was a momentous day for his descendants. Key points: The rights to Albert Namatjira’s artwork are due to return to the public domain in 2029 A law firm has urged the government to change the Copyright Act so rights stay … Read more

Former painter, British-born Anna Dakin crowned Northern Territory’s top tour guide

With a background in painting, British-born Anna Dakin had never planned for a career move into tour guiding through Central Australia. Key points: Anna Dakin is the Northern Territory’s top tour guide for 2022 The British-born adventurer originally studied art in the UK She said she was drawn back to Central Australia’s rugged beauty Now, … Read more

Spirit of SA art exhibition showcases state’s people, places and icons to support children with cancer

Among the lovelier lyrics in Don McLean’s song about Vincent van Gogh are those that refer to “faces lined in pain” being “soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand”. Key points: The Spirit of SA collection showcases people, places and objects with strong ties to SA The works will be auctioned off to raise $100,000 to … Read more

Hidden Van Gogh Self-Portrait Discovered at Scottish Gallery

A previously unknown self-portrait by Vincent Van Gogh, which had been hidden from view for more than a century, has been discovered by art conservators at National Galleries of Scotland. The National Galleries said on July 14 that the mysterious image was revealed by an X-ray taken when conservators Van Gogh’s Head of a Peasant … Read more

South Australian teenagers celebrate centenarians through portrait project

There’s not much 109-year-old Catherina van der Linden hasn’t seen in her long life, but the portrait of herself is one thing. Key points: The portrait project has already rolled out in NSW, QLD and the ACT It aims to break down negative stereotypes about aging Intergenerational programs can improve health outcomes and reduce loneliness … Read more

Artist Jaq Grantford wins Darling Portrait Prize for reflection on the highs and lows of COVID-19 lockdowns

Melbourne artist Jaq Grantford experienced a kind of “guilty pleasure” during the COVID-19 lockdowns of 2020-21. In many ways, she said, it was a “dystopian” time. “We were in a time when you couldn’t travel interstate to see family friends,” she said. “In Melbourne, which is where I’m from, you couldn’t travel further than five … Read more